Vol. 17, No. 14
August 1, 2000
Updated Life Insurance Application and WRS Previous Service
Life Insurance Application Modified - WRS Previous
Service Information Now Required
The Life Insurance Application/Cancellation/Refusal (ET-2304)
(REV 06/2000) form has been changed to include a new area for previous
service checks. Performing a WRS previous service check is extremely
important because it provides you with the information you need
to timely enroll an employe in the Wisconsin Public Employers Group
Life Insurance Program.
Three boxes appear in the lower right corner of the application
under the heading "Previous Service - Complete Information."
The first box identifies if the employe participated under WRS prior
to being hired. The second box asks if a previous service check
has been completed and the source used. The third box asks for the
"Date WRS Participation Began With This Employer."
When you hire a new employe and determine the employe is eligible
to participate in the WRS, the employe is also eligible to participate
in the life insurance program. ETF provides several methods to help
you determine when an employe becomes eligible and must be offered
coverage in the Life Insurance Program:
- Access to the Previous Service Benefit Inquiry screen on ETF's
Extranet site (http://etfextranet.it.state.wi.us)
(see next article for further information about this option).
- Complete a WRS Previous Service
Check (ET-1715) form and fax it to ETF at (608) 266-5801.
- Call the Employer Communication Center at (608) 264-7900 and
request a previous service check.
You choose which method to use. Without this check, it is possible
to miss an employe's initial enrollment period requiring the
employe to provide Evidence of Insurability to enroll, or you will
have to submit an Employer Error review of the employe's eligibility
ETF's Extranet Site Provides Up-to-date WRS Previous
Did you know that if you have Internet capability using a browser
that supports Netscape Navigator, version 4.0 or higher and Microsoft
Internet Explorer version 4.0 or higher, you can conduct your own
previous service checks? Our Employer Extranet site allows you to
perform the following functions:
Determine insurance program eligibility dates for your new
employes based on previous WRS service and/or separation benefit
Determine the WRS eligibility status for your rehired annuitants
based on WRS termination and annuity application dates.
Calculate supplemental sick leave credits for your retiring
employes based on WRS participant employment category. (State
In addition, you can view the following information specific to
Previous Service Amounts Under the WRS
Lump Sum (Separation or Retirement Benefit Information) Dates
Retirement Annuity Application Received (at ETF) Dates
Annuity Effective Dates
To expedite your insurance processing, and to determine eligibility
for your rehired annuitants, complete the attached Employer
Extranet Application Security Agreement (ET-8928), and return
it to ETF using the address at the top of the form. Within a few
weeks, you will receive a Logon identification number, identifier
codes, temporary password, and a Wisconsin Retirement System Extranet Previous Service and Benefit
Inquiry User Manual (ET-1733).
(STATE EMPLOYES ONLY - Once access to the Extranet site has been
approved, you will be able to access the Extranet site using your
Central Payroll Logon identification number and password.)
Reminder to WRS Agents about former employes with
access to ETF's Extranet site:
When you terminate an employe, please send a letter including the
former employe's name, Social Security number, your employer
name and EIN. We will remove the employe's access to our Extranet
For more information about the Employer Extranet site, or if you
have questions regarding the instructions for obtaining access to
the Extranet site, contact Deborah Speckmann at (608) 267-2132.